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Published: Saturday, April 9 2011 9:25 p.m. MDT

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Old Timer
the boonies, mexico

No shame at all, because playing these young guys is nothing but a positive. The only thing I don't like about our team is the defense. Someone has got to look at the Bulls, and Celtics schemes and implement that exact style here and trash this 23 year old mentality of how to play defense. You cannot leave these players open on the perimeters today because they flat out can shoot the ball from anywhere unlike days gone by. Get a defensive and big man coach Ty and lets do things the right way next year.

CocoNutzz
Salt Lake City, UT

Well put Old Timer

Anonigma
Murray, UT

Harris, Hayward, Milsap, Big Al, and Favors looks like a winning lineup to me.
Milsap needs to shoot that 3, he is too good from out there to not shoot it.

Complement that with Watson, Ronnie P, Evans, Weaver, Fes, CJ, and two lotto picks and that looks like a great lineup to me.
Everyone needs off season work, but especially CJ and Fes if those two want to be on the team. I left AK, Bell, and Elson off because they seem like they've had their best years. Defense is missing as Old Timer said.

They're still missing an All-Star, and I think that if Harris looks at some tape, sees the passes he misses and works on his shooting, he could definitely revive his All-Star self. I wouldn't be surprised if Harris is the quickest guard in the league...that or he's behind Rose.
Imagine all the assists Harris could rack up if he could drive in to distract Favors' man and pass it to Favors.

Indy05
Peoria, AZ

I would like to see Millsap take a 3/4 role next year depending on who we are playing. Against some teams he could dominate at the 3 and some games he could come off the bench at the 4. So he could start at the 3 some games and come off the bench at the 4 some games.

They should talk to him about it and see if he would be willing to do that - if not they owe it to him to trade him to a team where he can start every game and I'm sure we could get a great player in return. But I would hate to see him go.

Anonigma
Murray, UT

I forgot something.
Notice that Favors didn't even know he had a career night. You gotta love that.
That's Jerry Sloan type mentality. He's a rare breed: a humble star, and I can now finally see why O'Connor gave up his All-star PG for this guy.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

@Anonigma

i sure hope Ty notice that...because i would rather have him starting at the 4 with AL Jeff...rather than millsap...i dont think Harris is the Ideal PG for the team...he needs the ball more rather than rotate it...it maybe a step down...but a trade for Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan and a draft pick would be nice for Harris...i honestly think we dont need an all-star or superstar PG...we need an interior defender...and a shooting wing...for the PG...he just needs to be reliable...and makes good decisions...and rotate the ball...heck if Ty is experimenting...let Ty experiment of having Hayward as a PG...a lineup of...

Al Jeff
Favors
Millsap
CJ
Hayward...

nothegame
Saratoga Springs, UT

Do u ever see that when we run the pick and roll,the guy doing the picking always rolls before he screens. The Spurs pick the pg off so then when the big shows the man with the ball passes to the guy that just helped. Jazz have got to do a better job on D. I would hire a defense coach to help.

B Russ
Ephraim, UT

Favors getting minutes should be a top priority for Tyrone Corbin. Since coming here in Febuary he has only been allowed 19.5 minutes per game. He should be getting 30 to 40 minutes a game if Corbin is serious about fixing our problems down in the paint. Yes Milsap can play the 3 if he will turn his defense up a notch or two. Being undersized at the 4, he seems to have become passive on defense to stay out of foul trouble. Making Paul a three/back up four like Indy05 said would solve the problem of getting Favors enough minutes to develop and make us long enough to compete at the 4 and the 5.

Last night I thought we were too small at the guard positions. I am not a big fan of playing players out of position like the 2 point guard attack or the double power forward approach that has failed miserably. With 2 point guards in the lineup it hurts you defensively as we saw last night. I thought Weaver should have been out there at the two while we were trying to make our run in the 4th quarter. Go Jazz!

JazzFanMontana
Hamilton, MT

Hayward should have been the SG in the 4th when we were trying to make our run.

@Anonigma There is just no way we keep Price or Weaver for next year. There is simply not enough room on the roster. Remember, we have Okur coming back plus 2 draft picks. I see the Jazz starting next year with this lineup.

Starters:
C - Al Jefferson
PF - Favors
SF - Millsap
SG - Hayward
PG - Harris

Bench:

C - Okur / Fes
PF - Evans
SF - Kirilenko / Draft Pick
SG - CJ Miles / Bell
PG - Watson / Draft Pick

The Jazz can not carry more players and I would much rather have Kirilenko than Weaver or Price. Some of these positions can be swapped a bit like Kirilenko at the 4 and CJ at the 3 but if Bell starts or even plays much next year, I will be calling for Corbin's head. Bell should be the last of the bench.

I hope we get some nice players in the draft that help this team right away. I hope Ty plays the young players early even if we struggle a little at the start of next year. Jazz will compete for title in 2013 or 2014.

Anonigma
Murray, UT

@JazzFanMontana

You'd keep Bell over Price? That's a tough call, but for me, Price and Watson lineup this year was one of the best. I'd get rid of Bell. Price has shown better defense this year...at laest from what I've seen.

JazzFanMontana
Hamilton, MT

@anonigma

Bell is only listed instead of Price because he is currently under contract so unless the Jazz trade him, buy him out or he retires, he has to be listed. I love Price but if the Jazz are rebuilding, It's time to say good-by to Price.

If I could choose to keep price or Bell I would keep Price but my real choice would be to get rid of both of them even though I love Price. I actually agree with others who think maybe a player like Weaver or possibly someone else would be better but I do like Price as 3rd tier player. The problem is that next year, you will likely have Harris, Draft Pick and Watson as your PG's. I just don't see room for Ronnie. The Jazz will be looking to develop their PG of the future and Price does not fit into the plan. I too loved Price and Watson together and thought those 2 often fueled those big comebacks. I love Price's energy. If the Jazz could keep Ronnie as their 15th player or if they can't resign Watson, they should keep Price.

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